File:Francesco Primaticcio 002.jpg|thumb|right|350px|''Odysseus and Penelope'' by Francesco Primaticcio (1563).
'', '''Penelope''' ( ; ) is the faithful wife of Odysseus
, who keeps Suitors of Penelope|her suitors
at bay in his long absence and is eventually reunited with him.
Her name has traditionally been associated with marital faithfulness,
[J.W. Mackail, with ''Penelope in the Odyssey'' (Cambridge University Press, 1916), epitomizes the traditional view of the dutiful Penelope.]
and so it was with the Greeks and Romans, but some recent feminist readings offer a more ambiguous interpretation.
[Marylin A. Katz, ''Meaning and Indeterminacy in the Odyssey'' (Princeton University Press, 1991) '']